Friday, 25 September 2015

Ideas to Inspire You to Spend More Time Printing in the Darkroom

Here are a few ideas for what you can try in your darkroom.
Click the link for the YouTube video which lasts a bit under 19 minutes.

They include some examples of what you can do in the darkroom with a bit of time, practice and some patience. The video covers basic techniques of contrast, cropping and paper surfaces as well as pre-flash, split grade, toning, split toning, combining negatives into one print, making reflections when none existed in the original negative.

I hope it keeps you out of mischief for a few hours!

New Images of Victoria, Canada

I have added some new images of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia in Canada, onto my gallery website; These were taken in May 2015 on my Mamiya 7 film camera using Ilford FP4 120 film. There's a few more on the website.

Victoria Harbour at Night

Empress Hotel at Night

Empress Hotel

Fisherman's Wharf

Water taxi 'Ballet'

Parliament Building at Night

Parliament Building Reflections

Friday, 11 September 2015

Processing times for Ilford FP4, SFX and Delta 400 films

I have added a post to my website with the processing times for the Ilford films that I use, namely, FP4, SFX and Delta 400. There is also a table of data to make it easier to follow. I added a pdf table too which you can download and print out if of use to you.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Wellington College, Crowthorne Art and Craft Fair This Weekend!

We are exhibiting at Wellington College, Crowthorne (near Bracknell) this weekend, as well as today! Jan is running our stand single handed as usual, my back has very painful recently so I couldn't help even if I wanted to. The show is run by Craft in Focus so high quality is guaranteed as they run the highest quality shows that we exhibit at.

There's lots to see of my black and white photographs as well as Jan's colour prints. We both have prints from £5 as well as a few other stock clearance reductions. My 2 new books, Snow Light and Land Light are available at this particular show for the first time too, good prices for these as well and 240 of my best landscape pictures between them.

Here are some pictures that Jan took this morning before the show opened.

As if this wasn't enough encouragement to come along here is a recent offer from the organisers to save money on the normal entry fee. Just print off the voucher and hand it over when you pay at the entrance desk to save £1.50.

A special deal for our e-mail subscribers!
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Contemporary Craft & Design Fair, Crowthorne 4-6 September
Enjoy £1.50 off your next visit to this event
If you were unable to make our fabulous event at RHS Garden Hyde Hall over the August bank holiday weekend you will be able to see the best British contemporary craftmakers at our Berkshire show from 4-6 September.
The prestigious Wellington College provides a perfect backdrop to our event which features nearly 100 professional artists, craftmakers and designers.  Set in around 400 acres, this is one of the oldest independent schools in the country.  This is an indoor craft fair with ample free parking and full disabled access (disabled/elderly parking through the business park).
View our Facebook album to see the type of work that can be seen here.
Date:  4-6 September 2015
Times:  Fri 12 noon - 6 pm, Sat 10 am - 5 pm, Sun 10 am - 4.30 pm
4 miles from M4 J10 or M3 J3/J4.  AA signposted.
Admission £4.50
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New Images of Vancouver

In May and June we had a trip to the Canadian Rockies and Northern California. This also included a few cities, one of which was Vancouver. I have now had time to scan some of the film negatives that I took and loaded them to my gallery web site. Here is a selection of them:

BC Place Stadium at night

Burrard Street Bridge at night

Canada Place Buildings

Granville Square fountain

Seaplane terminal

Vancouver skyline and boathouses

World of Science and skyline at night

Friday, 7 August 2015

A Stroll in Swaledale

Having just returned from Snowdonia on Wednesday we drove to Reeth in Swaledale for a couple of nights to meet up with some old friends.

On Sunday we walked west along the river to Gunnerside and had lunch at the King's Head pub. Black Sheep Riggwelter on Draught and in excellent condition, a rare pleasure!

We returned to Reeth on the south side of the river, much of the way in the rain. That's unusual!

Here are a few phone photos, I didn't carry my Mamiya 7 film camera as it was a dull day.

Walking to Buxton tomorrow, Saturday, for a day running Gallery in the Gardens in Pavilion Gardens. A walk without rain would be good, 8 of my last 9 days walking have been wet!

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Snowdonia Trek The End

Tuesday 28th July 2015, our last of the 8 day trek in Snowdonia and the longest at 16 miles. As usual it was raining as we left the excellent Bryn Tyrch Inn in Capel Curig.

We needed to reach Conwy and our route was over the high moors then along the higher parts of the Conway valley to a pub for lunch. The rain persisted for the first few hours then becoming showers as we reached the more cultivated parts of the valley. The sun only came out a couple of hours after we finished in Conway! Over 8 days we had just 1 dry day and mostly it was persistent rain for many hours.

Finally, it's worth mentioning that we were jolly well looked after at the excellent Castlebank Hotel in Conway once again. The hotels for the last 2 nights plus The Golden Fleece in Tremadog and the Snowdonia Mountain Lodge were the undoubted highlights of our accommodation.  The Pen y Gwyrd Hotel near Snowdon was an experience as it was where the 1953 first successful Everest expedition stayed to train for their trip. In fact if they were to return there today I suspect they would recognise it immediately as you appeared to be stepping back decades as you wandered around all the nooks and crannies.

In total I took just 6.5 rolls of 120 Ilford 400 Delta film in 8 days, that's 65 negatives at 10 shots a roll. In Conway after we finished I took a further 2.5 rolls around the castle walls and harbour of the castle and town. I carried my Mamiya 7 camera for the first 6 days but my camera case, complete with it's all weather cover, was so saturated after day 6 that I didn't carry it for the last 2 days for fear of it happening again.

I will crunch some numbers and do a summary post as usual but not just yet.

Sunny Conway at Trek's End

We thought this was our first lunchtime pub in 8 days, unfortunately it was closed when we reached it at 1pm! The sign outside the door said Welcome - Open but Al's pose was a little premature. Our first pint of the day was actually after we finished, in The Albion pub in Conway.

Impressive waterfalls, a by-product of heavy rain!

All photos taken on Moto-X mobile phone.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Snowdonia Trek Early Morning Call

We originally planned to walk Moel Siabod today but in view of the weather forecast (similar to yesterday, wet and windy) we changed the route to lower ground.

Before the day started we had an early morning call in the form of the fire alarm going off around 7am. We quickly pulled some clothes on and grabbed a waterproof as it was raining. 

There were a dozen or so residents outside with us but no staff. After 10 minutes and still no sign of any staff from the Gwesty Ty Gorsaf Hotel in Blaenau Ffestiniog, no smoke, no flames, no fire brigade, we assumed it was a false alarm and returned to our rooms!

After getting re-dressed properly we had breakfast, paid and left. The hotel also doesn't do food on Sunday's and Mondays, I don't think either of us will be back.

It was raining as we started and continued for most of the day. We walked up through a working slate quarry. On the sodden moors at the top we stopped for a minute or two to watch a pair of Peregrine Falcons performing aerobatics. The male bird flying high then folding it's wings and plummeting towards the ground. Quite a sight. An Osprey yesterday, Peregrines today, maybe I should walk in the rain more often?

Fortunately, we managed to find a couple of pubs on our new route to escape from the rain for a few minutes. A bonus of doing a lower route.

I didn't even carry my Mamiya film camera today and put my mobile in a waterproof case inside my rucsac. Just took 1 shot on my mobile of the river in Capel Curig near our hotel.

Tomorrow is our last day and we walk the 15 miles to Conwy. The forecast looks vaguely familiar, wind and rain. Oh joy!
River at Capel Curig